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29 September: On this day in 1930… The Trafalgar Studios opened in London

September 29, 2014 

On this day in… 1930

The Trafalgar Studios opened in London

The Trafalgar Studios – originally called the Whitehall Theatre – opened in London on 29 September 1930.

Currently home to Jamie Lloyd’s Trafalgar Transformed season, his production of Richard III starring Martin Freeman finishes this Saturday (27 September 2014). Next up is East is East starring Jane Horrocks from 4 October 2014.

Paul Raymond turned the theatre into a tourist museum called The Whitehall Theatre Of War in the late 1970’s!

It was refurbished and reopened on 5 March 1986 with J. B. Priestley’s When We Are Married.

The Whitehall Theatre closed on 15 November 2003 for major reconstruction work and the theatre was split into two studio auditoriums, renamed the Trafalgar Studios, and reopened with the RSC’s Othello on 3 June 2004.

QUICK FACTS

  • Theatre opened: 29 September 1930
  • Designed by: Edward A. Stone
  • First production: The Way To Treat A Woman by Walter Hackett
  • Number of seats: Studio 1: 380; Studio 2: 80
#109713557 Paul Raymond, Nightclub Owner, Publisher Property Owner and Impresario, outside the Whitehall Theatre in London. Next to him, a poster advertises the production ‘Theatre of War’. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images) / gettyimages.com
#78988367 British comedy actor Brian Rix, famous for his work at London+s Whitehall Theatre where he appeared in farce, 1966 (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images) / gettyimages.com

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September 23, 2014 

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Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY

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What’s playing and coming up at the Trafalgar Studios

EAST IS EAST: Full cast announced

August 19, 2014 

Full casting announced for East is East at the Trafalgar Studios starring Jane Horrocks

East is EastFurther casting has been released for the forthcoming production of East is East at the Trafalgar Studios, part of Jamie Lloyd’s second Trafalgar Transformed season.

Amit Shah will play Abdul Khan, Ashley Kumar will play Tariq Khan, Darren Kuppan will play Maneer Khan, Nathan Clarke will play Saleem Khan, Taj Atwal will play Meenah Khan and Michael Karim will play Sajit Khan in the comedy.

They join the previously announced stars of the comedy – Jane Horrocks as Ella Khan and Ayub Khan Din – who also wrote East is East – as George Khan.

Further cast include Sally Bankes as Auntie Annie, Rani Moorthy as Mrs. Shah and Hassani Shapi as Mr Shah/Doctor, plus Ash Rizi, Karl Seth, Deepal Parmar and Pamela Bennett.

East is East is Ayub Khan Din’s semi-autobiographical play about his British Asian upbringing in 1970’s Salford and which was turned into a hit British film.

Directed by Sam Yates, the production forms part of Jamie Lloyd’s second season for Trafalgar Transformed following his production of Richard III, which is currently playing at the Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman.

East is East runs from 4 October 2014 to 3 January 2015.

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MORE ABOUT THE CAST

JANE HORROCKS as ELLA KHAN

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AYUB KHAN DIN as GEORGE KHAN

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AMIT SHAH as ABDUL KHAN

Amit Shah

Amit Shah

Amit Shah is about to be seen alongside Helen Mirren and Om Puri in The Hundred-Foot Journey, released in cinemas early September. Amit’s stage credits include Hansel and Gretel, The Comedy of Errors, The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other, Odyssey, The Man of Mode, The Alchemist (for which he was awarded the Ian Charleson Commendation for performance), Life of Galileo and The Royal Hunt of The Sun all at The National Theatre, Rough Cuts: The Spiral, Shades, and Free Outgoing all at the Royal Court Theatre, A Christmas Carol at The Rose Theatre Kingston, Arabian Nights at The RSC, King Lear at The Donmar Warehouse, The Hot Zone at The Lyric Hammersmith and Twelfth Night at The Albery Theatre. Amit’s screen credits include The Smoke, Bluestone 42, Cops In Paris, Fresh Meat, White Van Man, Black Mirror – National Anthem, Whites, Hustle, Ingenious, Casualty, Benidorm III, The Palace, Honest, Lead Balloon, The Listener, Howl, All Stars 3D, The Facility, The Infidel and It’s a Wonderful Afterlife.

ASHLEY KUMAR as TARIQ KHAN

Ashley Kumar’s stage credits include Tartuffe at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Commercial Road at the Hackney Empire and The Snow Queen at the Unicorn Theatre. Ashley’s screen credits include A Nice Arrangement, Omid Djalili’s Little Cracker, Summer In Transylvania, EastEnders, Spooks, Benidorm, The Bill, Doctors and MI High.

DARREN KUPPAN as MANEER KHAN

Darren Kuppan

Darren Kuppan

Darren Kuppan’s stage credits include East is East at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Rafta Rafta at the Bolton Octagon and the New Vic Theatre, Stoke, the latter of which he also performed in Arabian Nights, An August Bank Holiday Lark at the Northern Broadsides, Melody Loses Her Mojo at the Liverpool Playhouse, England Street at the Oxford Playhouse, The Bridge at Freedom Studios, Jamaica House at Duke’s Playhouse, Lancaster, Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC, Bollywood Jane at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Pretend You Have Big Buildings at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. Darren’s screen credits include Spooks, Britannia High, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Sweet Stall, Piggy, The Code, Winners And Losers and The Chaos Theory.

NATHAN CLARKE as SALEEM KHAN

Nathan Clarke

Nathan Clarke

Nathan Clarke’s stage credits include Pigeons at the Royal Court Theatre, Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse, Break the Floorboards at the Watford Palace Theatre, Upstairs/Vibrant Festival at the Finborough Theatre and Small Fish Big Cheese at the Unicorn Theatre. His screen work includes The Interceptor, We Still Kill The Old Way, Perfume, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix.

TAJ ATWAL as MEENAH KHAN

Taj Atwal’s stage credits include All Our Daughters at The New Vic and also on a UK Tour, Small Fish Big Cheese at The Unicorn Theatre, Don Juan in Love and The Wind in The Willows both at The Scoop Air Theatre. Taj’s screen credits include Stabat Mater, Puja Nights, Behind the Green Curtain, In With the Flynns, Miranda, Stella, Kitchen Chic, Moving On and In The Club.

MICHAEL KARIM as SAJIT KHAN

Michael Karim’s stage credits include Skane at Hampstead Theatre and Mogadishu at the Manchester Royal Exchange/The Lyric Hammersmith. Michael’s screen credits include Lewis, Ten Minute Tales – Three Kings, Parents of the Band, The Beat Beneath my Feet, and Truant.

Reviews of Richard III starring Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios

July 14, 2014 

A round-up of reviews for Richard III starring Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios

Reviews of Richard III

Martin Freeman in Richard III

Martin Freeman in Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner


SEE BELOW FOR LEGIT REVIEWS

EARLY REVIEWS (Note: these are of preview performances, which is a practice not condoned by most legit press)
The Other Bridge Project

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Dessa Rose at the Trafalgar Studios

July 11, 2014 

The European premiere of Dessa Rose, from the writers of Ragtime, comes to the Trafalgar Studios starring Cynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson.

Dessa Rose is the acclaimed musical from the award-winning writers of Ragtime, Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music).

Coming to the Trafalgar Studios from 29 July 2014, the show features rising stars Cynthia Erivo (The Colour Purple, Sister Act, I Can’t Sing!) and Cassidy Janson (Candide, Avenue Q).

Based on the best-selling book by Sherley Anne Williams, Dessa Rose is a powerful story set in 1846 about two young women, one black and one white, who are both searching for acceptance in an intolerant world.

Featuring music from blues and folk to hymns and gospel, Dessa Rose blends history and fiction in this hugely powerful and touching production.

THE STORY

Dessa Rose (Cynthia Erivo) is a young slave faced with a life of intense hardship in the deep South of America because of the colour of her skin. Ruth (Cassidy Janson) is a young white mother who faces discrimination because of her gender. Together they stand up to a barrage of hostility in their search for acceptance and discover the true value of unconditional friendship.

THE CAST

Cynthia Erivo, Cassidy Janson, John Addison, Edward Baruwa, Sharon Benson, Miquel Brown, Alexander Evans, Cameron Leigh, Fela Lufadeju, Gabriel Mokake, Abiona Omonua and Jon Robyns.

Photos of Richard III

July 6, 2014 

Production photos of Richard III at the Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman

Photos by Marc Brenner

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Photos: Richard III starring Martin Freeman – Rehearsals

June 19, 2014 

Rehearsal photos of Richard III, as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios starring Martin Freeman.

Martin Freeman rehearsing for Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner

Martin Freeman rehearsing for Richard III. Photo: Marc Brenner

Rehearsals have started for Jamie Lloyd’s next production at the Trafalgar Studios as part of his Trafalgar Transformed season.

Shakespeare’s Richard III will get a starry new production courtesy of some fabulous casting including Fargo, The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman as Richard III, Maggie Steed as Queen Margaret and Gina McKee as Queen Elizabeth.

Richard III starts previews on 1 July 2014.

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Land of our Fathers at the Trafalgar Studios

June 11, 2014 

Theatre503’s powerful production of Land of our Fathers transfers to Trafalgar Studios.

The debut play from rising new talent Chris Urch gets a West End transfer as Theatre503’s acclaimed production of Land of our Fathers transfers to the Trafalgar Studios (2 September – 4 October 2014).

A blistering comedy full of a generation of lost voices, Land of our Fathers is directed by Paul Robinson and stars veteran actor Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient) and Kyle Rees (The Pride).

THE STORY

3rd May 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine. Within two weeks everything these men believe in and everything they know will have changed.

CAST

Cast includes Taylor Jay-Davies, Clive Merrison, Joshua Price and Kyle Rees

REVIEWS

From the original Theatre503 run of the show
“Undeniably powerful” – The Guardian
“A blisteringly good debut” – Time Out
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Evening Standard
★★★★★ Time Out
★★★★★ South London Press
★★★★ What’s on Stage

BOOKING

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A Handful of Stars starring Keith Duffy at the Trafalgar Studios

June 11, 2014 

Boyzone star Keith Duffy makes his West End stage debut in this acclaimed revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars at the Trafalgar Studios.

Following an acclaimed run at Theatre503, this revival of Billy Roche’s powerful drama A Handful of Stars transfers to the Trafalgar Studios (25 June – 25 July 2014).

Part of Roche’s Wexford Trilogy of plays, A Handful of Stars is directed by Paul Robinson and stars former Boyzone band member and Coronation Street’s Keith Duffy.

THE STORY

In the Irish town of Wexford where ‘shot-gun’ weddings are outnumbered only by random acts of violence the pool hall is Jimmy’s sanctuary. But will such a place embrace his bright ambition or bring it down, burning to the ground?

CAST

Cast includes Keith Duffy (Boyzone, Coronation Street), Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days), plus Brian Fenton, Colm Gormley, Maureen O’Connell and Michael O’Connor.

REVIEWS

From the original Theatre503 run of the show
★★★★ “cleverly pitched revival” (Guardian)
★★★★ “outstanding” (Times)
★★★★ “blazes, charms and thrills” (Evening Standard)
★★★★ “A glorious revival” (Telegraph)
★★★★ “startling precision and believability” (The Upcoming)

BOOKING

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Boyzone star Keith Duffy to make West End debut

June 11, 2014 

Two new shows from London Fringe venue Theatre503 are to transfer to the Trafalgar Studios this autumn.

Keith Duffy in A Handful of Stars

Keith Duffy in A Handful of Stars

Following the news that former Boyzone star Ronan Keating is to make his West End debut in musical ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre, his fellow Boyzone bandmate Keith Duffy is to also tread the West End boards for the first time.

Duffy, who is also known for Coronation Street, will reprise his role in the Theatre503 revival of Billy Roche’s A Handful of Stars from 25 June to 25 July 2014 at the Trafalgar Studios in London.

The Battersea fringe venue will also see another of its plays, Land of our Fathers by Chris Urch, also transfer to the Trafalgar Studios from 2 September to 4 October 2014.

Both shows are directed by Paul Robinson and mark Theatre503’s first West End return since The Mountaintop in 2009.

A Handful of Stars will feature Keith Duffy, Ciarán Owens (Oh What a Lovely War) and Michael O’Hagan (End of Days) and is part of Roche’s Wexford trilogy of plays.

Land of our Fathers, set on the eve of the 1979 General Election and about a community of Welsh miners trapped down a collapsed coalmine, stars Clive Merrison (The History Boys, The English Patient), Kyle Rees (The Pride), Taylor Jay-Davies (Great Expectations) and Joshua Price.

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LINKS

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